Solo and Small Firm Section
Your Proposed 2015 Board of Directors
Solo and Small Firm Section
The Solo and Small Firm Section Nominating Committee has issued its report, below, proposing a slate of officers for 2015. If you want to contest the election, please get the signatures of at least 10 members of the section on the petition, email it to D.D. Wolohan by Oct. 31, and state which position you are contesting. A runoff will follow. If there is no opposition after Oct. 31, the slate is approved by acclamation and will serve in 2015.
Solo and Small Firm Section 2014 Nominating Committee Report
Position 1: Three-Year Term (2015-2017)
MICHAEL F. HACKER was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. He attended SUNY Brockport College near Rochester, New York, before securing his law degree at Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord, NH. Mike moved to New Mexico in 1990 and began his career at the former Indian Pueblo Legal Services on the Santa Ana Pueblo. In 1996 Mike opened a solo practice, which he maintains today. He concentrates in Social Security Disability/SSI, Workers' Compensation and Bankruptcy areas. Mike also served as Associate Judge at Laguna Pueblo and as an assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division.
Position 2: Three-Year Term (2015-2017)
MARK A. KELLER graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1989. He currently has a small law practice which focuses on criminal defense and personal injury cases.
Position 3: Three-Year Term (2015-2017)
(Presently held by Kelan Emery)
Position 4: Two-Year Term (2015-2016)
DONALD D. BECKER has practice law in New Mexico since 1974, primarily as a solo practitioner. While he has kept his license active, he currently is not handling actual cases and learning to practice retirement while being active in the State Bar Association of New Mexico and teaching law office management as an adjunct professor at UNM. Education: B.B.A. (General), The University of New Mexico 1968; J.D., The University of New Mexico 1974; M.B.A. (General), University of Phoenix, Albuquerque, 1990; MA-OLIT w/distinction, The University of New Mexico 2011; PhD program (current); Organizational Instruction & Learning Systems (UNM). Current Positions: Board for Solo and Small Firm Section of N.M. State Bar Association; Member Board for Senior Law Section of N.M. State Bar Association; Member Law Practice Management Committee of N.M. State Bar Association; Member Committee on Diversity of N.M. State Bar Association; Member N.M. Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism (2011-2014).
Position 5: Two-Year Term (2015-2016)
DENNIS MANZANARES earned his J.D. at Georgetown Law Center in 1976 and returned to NM to serve as an Assistant Public Defender (ABQ). In 1978, he was appointed General Counsel to the NM State Auditor and in 1981, entered private practice in Santa Fe. After serving as independent Counsel for various local and state governmental entities, he became the first in-house Town Attorney for Taos and later as the first non-DA County Attorney for Taos. He returned to private practice in 1999 and today operates his sole practitioner's office in Taos. Dennis is a formal Taos County Bar Association president and currently serves on the NM Supreme Court's MCLE Board and serves as the NM Inspector General for the USAF Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol. Dennis and his wife, Carmel, have 11 grandchildren which keeps them busy all the time!
Position 6: One-Year Term (2015)
EDWARD B. REINHARDT Jr., is a sole practitioner in Albuquerque whose practice concentrates primarily on legal research and writing. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law. Reinhardt was a staff attorney in North Dakota for 13 years before returning to Albuquerque in 1995. He is admitted to practice in New Mexico and North Dakota, Federal District Court in New Mexico and North Dakota, the Eighth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Position 7: One-Year Term (2015)
JOHN F. MOON SAMORE is the son of a solo attorney who practiced fifty-five years, and has himself practiced in Albuquerque over twenty five years as a solo attorney. He is a past Chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section, has served on the board twenty years and has been the program Chair over the past years. His practice is almost exclusively defense of persons wrongfully accused of criminal misconduct and domestic partners rightfully in need of divorce or child custody.
Position 8: One-Year Term (2015)
GEORGE WRIGHT WEETH is a solo practitioner in Albuquerque, representing plaintiffs in various aspects of Disability Law--workers' compensation, personal injury, Social Security and insurance coverage cases. A 1981 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, he worked in insurance defense for seven years before opening his own office in 1988. He is Past Chairman of the Solo and Small Firm Section and Past Chairman of the Trail Practice Section of the State Bar of New Mexico, as well as the Workers' Compensation Editor for The New Mexico Trial Lawyer from 1994 to 2010. Mr.Weeth is also listed in Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law and Strathmore's Who's Who Registry.
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Presentation Features Columnist Jolene Gutierrez Kruger
The Solo and Small Firm Section welcomes members to its monthly board meetings at 11:30 a.m. at the State Bar Center, followed by a speaker at noon. On April 15, Jolene Gutierrez Kruger, a columnist for the Albuquerque Journal, will present “Mary, Levi, and the Journalistic Responsibilities of a Reporter.” Krueger has investigated many law-related cases for her front-page column. R.S.V.P. to email@example.com by April 14 to guarantee a free lunch.
The general purpose of the Section is:
(a) To provide a forum for the discussion of problems of common interest to solo and small firm practitioners;
(b) To advance the quality of legal services provided by solo and small firm practitioners;
(c) To provide a forum for the creation, discussion, advancement, and implementation of ideas to accomplish the foregoing purposes;
(d) To sponsor CLE programs for solo and small firm practitioners; and
(e) To provide a professional support network for solo and small firm practitioners.
You may be enrolled as a member of the Solo and Small Firm Section if
a) you are a member in good standing of the State Bar of New Mexico, and
b) you submit a Section Application Form to the State Bar of New Mexico, and
c) your payment of the stated amount due is submitted with your application.
You may enroll at any time during the year; however, your membership will expire in December of that same year. Dues for membership in this Section are $15 per calendar year. Please contact 797-6035 if you have a question regarding payment of dues.
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